New report of link between COVID-19 vaccines and rare cases of hyperglycemia
November 6, 2021
A new report in the Journal of the Endocrine Society from Oxford University in England details several case studies of fast onset hyperglycemic (high blood sugar) emergencies in association with recent COVID-19 vaccinations.
"While hyperglycemic emergencies are likely extremely rare in patients receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, it is important for clinicians to be aware of these complications and suspect severe hyperglycemia in those who develop postvaccination polyuria, polydipsia, blurry vision, weakness, and even confusion, among other symptoms."
1. Hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) means there is too much sugar in the blood because the body lacks enough insulin. Associated with diabetes, hyperglycemia can cause vomiting, excessive hunger and thirst, rapid heartbeat, vision problems and other symptoms.
2. Polyuria: production of abnormally large volumes of dilute urine.
3. Polydipsia: abnormally great thirst as a symptom of disease (such as diabetes) or psychological disturbance
Researchers discuss the cases of three individuals who developed acute onset of classic hyperglycemic symptoms within 2 to 10 days of their first COVID-19 vaccination. Other than the recent vaccination, no other triggering events were identified. "The resolution of the severe hyperglycemia was equally as rapid as its onset. In fact, within 8 weeks, none of the 3 patients remained on insulin therapy. The temporal onset of symptoms within 48 hours of vaccination and the brisk, clinical course strongly suggests that the hyperglycemic emergencies were triggered by the COVID-19 vaccination." ... "Clinicians should be aware of this potential rare complication of COVID-19 vaccine."
Click on the link below to read the report:
Hyperglycemic Emergencies Associated With COVID-19 Vaccination: A Case Series and Discussion
Journal of the Endocrine Society, Oxford University Press, November 2021